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Discourse and KnowledgeThe Making of Enlightenment Sociology$
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Piet Strydom

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853238058

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312960

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Introduction: From Presentism and Historicism to Discourse

Introduction: From Presentism and Historicism to Discourse

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(p.29) Introduction: From Presentism and Historicism to Discourse
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Discourse and Knowledge
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853238058.003.0002

This part of the book focuses on the theoretical and methodological preparation for the discourse analysis of the construction of sociology. It discusses the rationale for considering sociology as being related to social knowledge within the context of the discourse of modernity. Presentists focus on the inner form of sociological knowledge, which have been created and carried forward by past sociologists. In contrast, historicists insist on the application of historical methods to sociology's past.

Keywords:   discourse analysis, sociology, social knowledge, modernity, presentists, sociologists, historicists

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